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Orioles notes: Buck Showalter says Hyun Soo Kim's lack of playing time has affected his confidence

Orioles notes: Buck Showalter says Hyun Soo Kim's lack of playing time has affected his confidence

As opportunities for Hyun Soo Kim have dried up in his second season with the Orioles, manager Buck Showalter said he can tell the lack of playing time is beginning to affect the left-handed-hitting outfielder at the plate.

“I think there’s probably a little less confidence, maybe,” Showalter said. “And that’s maybe not his fault, as much as it is probably [Trey Mancini’s] fault.”

Kim, who hit .302 with an .801 OPS in 95 games last year as the everyday left fielder against right-handed pitching, has seen the emergence of Mancini in left field and the acquisition of Seth Smith knock him down the depth chart.

He’s batting .227/.297/.277...

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